Rejoice! Science Says Sex Helps Humans Eliminate Genetic Mutations

Congratulations! You now have another reason to have more sex.

A new study from the University of Montreal and Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Centre has revealed that sex helps eliminate genetic mutations, according to the Daily Mail. In turn, humans are in a better position to avoid disease.

This is a very gradual process, in the sense that it occurs over generations. As humans combine their genetic material through sexual reproduction, their offspring become increasingly resilient to diseases.

Simply put, procreation has allowed humans to evolve into a more superior species over time. So start making babies, people! Let's create super-humans.

On a more serious note, one might interpret this as science sending us a subtle message that we are stronger the more diverse we are.

With that said, the benefits of this aren't immediate, and they'll only be seen in future generations; you won't be instantly more resilient to disease by having sex right now.

And as we all learned during that awkward health class in the eighth grade, sex can often lead to diseases if the proper precautions aren't taken. So be smart, my friends.

If you do practice safe sex, however, there are actually a lot of health benefits you can reap instantly.

Here are five immediate benefits of some old fashioned sexual healing:

Sex helps relieve stress and is good for your mental health.

It's easy to feel overwhelmed when life is full of anxiety-inducing activities. If you're feeling stressed out, sex can be a healthy source of relief.

Considering stress is one of the leading causes of depression, sex is also good for your mental health.

Researchers in Scotland found that when people had sex before stressful activities, such as speaking in public, they dealt with them much better.

This is because having sex frequently helps lower your blood pressure, as noted by CBS News.

Sex helps you burn calories.

Let's face it, jogging sucks. Have sex instead.

Studies have shown that an hour of sex can help burn as many calories as a 30-minute run. On average, men burn around four calories a minute during sex while women burn three.

Sex is a great painkiller.

If you've got a terrible headache, skip the ibuprofen: Sex is a much better painkiller.

Sex helps release endorphins, which are natural chemicals that assist in the alleviation of pain.

Likewise, studies have shown people with migraines experienced improvements in symptoms by having sex.

Sex helps you get a good night's rest.

Suffering from insomnia? Sex can help with that.

Doctors claim that sex shortly before bedtime is one of the best ways to get a good night's rest, as highlighted by the Telegraph.

Sex helps strengthen your immune system.

While we may have noted above that sex doesn't immediately help eliminate the genetic mutations that lead to disease, it can still strengthen your immune system in the short run.

Having sex releases oxytocin, which helps reduce cortisol levels, CNN notes. High cortisol levels are bad for your overall health and can increase the risk of illness.

In other words, go have some fantastic consensual sex, my friends.

It's good for your body and your mind, and we all deserve a little love in our lives.

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